A Printable List of Edible Flowers

Edible flowers are one of the cookÂ's little secrets.

Oh to be sure you know about pansies but do you know about the rest of these little gems?

Edible Flowers

  • Bachelor button
  • Beebalm
  • Borage
  • Calendula
  • Chamomile
  • Chive flowers
  • Dandelion
  • Daylily
  • Dianthus
  • Hibiscus
  • Hollyhock
  • Impatiens
  • Lilac
  • Marigold
  • Mint
  • Nasturtium
  • Pansy
  • Roses
  • Sage
  • Squash blossom
  • Violet

  • Nutrition

    Flowers are variable in nutrition with some containing high vitamin and mineral counts (particularly if they have high nectar and pollen counts) For example, rose hips are particularly high in Vit C as are marigolds and nasturtiums. Dandelions are high in C and A (another reason to pick them rather than kill them.)

    And the best news is that flowers are calorie and carbohydrate free!

    Pollen Issue

    The one thing you might want to be careful about is eating the pollen. In some folks with serious allergies, eating pollen may bring on an allergenic reaction.

    Simply cut off the anthers and pistil (the tiny hairs in the middle of the flower) to remove the pollen. The sepal and calyx (the non-petal parts) can also be removed except in flowers such as pansies that don't have much of a non-flower part to begin with (unless pollinated)


    Harvest edible flowers when the flowers are fully open in the early morning before heat has a chance to stress the tender petals. Hopefully time it after the dew has evaporated but before the heat of the day begins. Sample the flowers while harvesting as there is a high variability in taste between plants in different locations and growing conditions. You want to ensure you're feeding your guests good tasting edible flowers.

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